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Closure of Mablethorpe school is the 'only option'

No future for school

Mablethorpe's only secondary school is to close, due to financial problems and falling pupil numbers.

Governors at Monks' Dyke Tennyson College voted for closure in October and now a formal decision has been taken for the school to shut. Students will instead be taught at the school's other campus in Louth.

It was an extremely difficult decision for governors to make proposing closure of the Mablethorpe site, but faced with financial pressures due to a significant decline in school numbers, there was really no other option. All school children deserve the best educational opportunities and this couldn't be guaranteed in these circumstances.

Based on all the evidence put before the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee, I have made the decision to close the school. However, I have listened to the views of the scrutiny committee and those of the local action group – we will not dispose of the Mablethorpe site or use it for other purposes for the next 12 months to allow time for alternative education proposals to be put together.

– Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children's Services
A demonstration outside the school in October

Bereaved mother backs child safety campaign

A bereaved mother from South Yorkshire is backing a new campaign to put the safety of children back at the heart of all decisions made by the family courts.

Claire Throssell's two sons Jack and Paul Sykes, were just 12 and nine when they were were killed by her ex husband Darren Sykes after he set alight his house in Penistone.

Paul and Jack Sykes

Claire is backing the 'Child First' campaign launched by Women's Aid. It calls on the Government and family courts 'to put the safety of children back at the heart of all decisions made by the family court judiciary'.

It is to coincide with the charity's 'Nineteen Child Homicides' report which highlights the cases of 19 children all intentionally killed by a parent who was also a known perpetrator of domestic abuse.

Backing campaign: Claire Throssell

No other parent should have to comfort their children as they die knowing that it has been done maliciously and if this campaign can highlight what needs to change and keep people and children safer then Jack and Paul's deaths haven't been in vain

– Claire Throssell


Muslim leaders take to social networks

Importance of using social media Credit: PA

More than 100 religious leaders and scholars will discuss how they can more effectively engage with young Muslims at a digital summit in Bradford today.

They will take part in a day of networking, presentations and workshops as they look at the ever changing nature of modern communication and the need for religious leaders to become effective in using new media to reach young Muslims.

Social media giants Facebook and Twitter will be at the event, in the Cedar Court Hotel, to provide expert analysis and training in social media.

How to tackle Islamophobia, how to maintain integrity of Muslim institutions and how to bridge the generational gap are among the issues said to be most affecting the Muslim community in the UK today.

Students sent away from college in Hull

Students were asked to stay away from a sixth-form college in Hull this morning after staff received a threatening email.

Wyke College Credit: ITV News

Humberside Police think the message sent to Wyke College was one of a series of empty threats sent to colleges and schools around the world.

2,000 students were turned away from the school as a precaution after admin staff received the email early today.

The College Principal Jay Trivedy was angered by the timing of the threat:

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